Inside Job

Skeleton watches show what they’re made of.


Overexposure might have reached its saturation point in the celebrity sphere, but baring all can still be a good thing. Take, for example, the skeleton watch, whose revealing nature—its inner parts are on full display—is the key to its beauty. Timepieces by Vacheron Constantin and Parmigiani flaunt a complicated tangle of gears that showcase the intriguing craft of old-school watchmaking. Offering more streamlined versions, Omega opts for components arranged in neat, concentric circles, while Corum’s face is set with a tidy row of tiny gold gears. Beautifully intricate, these mechanical wonders look especially chic when paired with an alligator or leather band.